08 May 2018

Passive House Exterior Shades


The Passive House is designed to achieve maximum solar heat gain by orienting its largest windows with southern exposure with the intent of providing at least 50% of the building’s heating demand, and exterior shades are the perfect solution! Read MoreExterior ZIP ShadeWhile this works well in the winter months when the low angled sun radiates heat into the space, this solar radiation becomes excessive during the summer months and needs to be shaded. InSync Solar provides both exterior and interior shades with the needs of the Passive House in mind.

Exterior Shades for The Passive House

The most effective way to prevent too much solar heat gain from entering through the windows is with exterior window shades. Exterior window shades are an excellent solution because of its superior performance in reducing solar heat gain. The graphic below tells it all. A space with no shades allows 80% solar heat gain to enter a space. An interior shading solution offers better results blocking over 50% of the solar heat gain. However, for maximum results nothing beats an exterior window shade, which blocks over 85% of solar heat gain. 

Passive house shades

InSync Solar offers a selection of exterior shades for the Passive House. Below are some of our most popular exterior shading solutions:

Cable Guided Exterior Shade
This gravity assisted exterior solar shade is elegantly designed and very versatile for both residential and commercial projects. The aluminum cassette is powdered coated in a range of standard colors or can be custom finished. The side cables are able to be mounted to the wall or floor as well as be integrated into the building façade. Read More 

Cable Guide Exterior Shade

Zip Shade
The Zip Shade is a breakthrough design that is revolutionizing the window shade industry. We call it a Zip Shade because a zipper-like locking device is welded to the fabric edges. The zipper slips into a side channel that keeps the fabric from falling out. The bottom hem-bar is weighted so when the shade is completely closed the fabric provides a drum like cover to the window. Read More

Exterior ZIP Shades